I’ve been on two weekend meditation workshops. It is hard work attempting to achieve an inner mental state that is poorly defined and described, to achieve a result that it isn’t clear what it is, but you are told it takes many years progressing through many higher levels to get there.
It takes a passionate commitment, and a high tolerance for boredom. Everyone around you is doing it, whatever it is, sitting on pillows, apparently lost in reverie, and you don’t want them to think you’re not with the program.
Besides, in our culture, if you’re not hopelessly busily working HARD, then your sense of worth is questionable, especially to others. If you’re just playing around, or putting in time, where is the status of whatever you are doing?
And if you’re just sitting cross-legged, eyes closed, palms upright on your knees, in a darkened room, you’d better have a good story justifying how busily you are engaged in THE WORK. Yet there is research showing there are significant benefits to meditation.